Friday, July 22, 2016

6 Month Progress Report

We've been here in our new home a little more than 6 months.  We didn't have a lot of time or energy to work on improving the interior during the school year, but now it's summer and there's been a little bit of progress. I was feeling like my to-do list was endless, so I figured it was a good time to look back at what has been done rather than feel overwhelmed with what's left to do. 

Entry Way

In Progress

The RED walls are gone and the trim is now white, but "Big Blue" is still among us.  These walls are huge, and I am slowly working my way around the room, one wall at a time. 
Big Blue is up next to be transformed!

Living Room
In Progress

These walls are deceptively larger than you might think. 

The wall you see below with windows and a slider is not your standard 8' perimeter wall. It is actually just shy of 10 feet and then it vaults up from there! I can barely reach the peak of the vaulted ceiling on an 8' ladder.
Living Room


Dining Room

In Progress
The lighting was difficult to work with this morning. These walls are actually gray (Classic Silver).

What I've done so far:

What's left to do:
  • Hang art work on the wall (not one nail has gone in to the walls yet!)
  • Hang curtain rods and curtains (I've purchased these and these!)
  • Update the terrible light fixtures (Haven't decided what I want yet)
  • New sofas...someday!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Value in Cohesion

You know by now that I am not afraid to paint anything in my house. 

Some people shy away from painting wood trim and cabinets in their home because of perceived value.   
  • Oak does not have more value in my opinion.  It's kind of old hat and tired.  Now if you still LOVE oak, then by all means keep it unpainted.  But if you don't LOVE it, don't surround yourself with it just because someone who *might* buy your house in the future *might* like it. 
  • As a former kitchen designer, I helped many clients remove their worn out oak and replace it with a variety of wood species in a variety of finishes. 
  • If you are going to paint, DO A GOOD JOB! Prep properly, use good products, and paint neatly.

To me it is NOT valuable to have white baseboards, white case moldings around most doors, white doors, and a few random natural wood casings and sills.  

I would rather all the woodwork be more consistent. The wood sills and door casings in my living room were standing out..and not in a good way. 

Take a look for yourself…

White baseboards, wood sills, wood outlet plates
White baseboards, wood sills, wood casing, white outlet plates

There it is. White baseboards and oak sills and oak door casing in all it's un-cohesive glory. One of the first projects to tackle at our new home was to paint the oak trim white. 

Keep in mind, my vision for the space is to have a neutral black/white/gray background and let my furniture and accessories have pops of color. That means the gray walls, white curtains, and black curtain rods I have in mind will look MUCH better with the trim painted white. :)   

Here's a sneak peek at what the oak wood trim looks like in white with gray walls. 
Ahh…much, much better! 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Picking Paint Colors

I tried to reinvent the wheel.

We recently moved in to our new home and we are excited to paint to add our personal preference and design style. 


So I perused the internet and design blogs making notes of popular gray colors.

I purchased and sampled SIX designer grays.

BUT I compared everything to my beloved mountain home color choice - Behr Classic Silver.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Before Pictures

Here's a look at a few of the rooms the day we got our keys!

The floor plan is amazing. Here are a few of our favorite things about this house: 
  • breathtaking views
  • tall walls
  • vaulted ceilings
  • brick fireplace
  • granite countertops
  • dark wood floors
  • tons of storage

I've added before pictures and the "to do lists" associated with each room to the tab at the top called "Home Tour". 

Basically I can sum up my to do list with one word…PAINT! I have a lot of painting in my future. We plan on painting all of the walls, trim, doors, and kitchen cabinets.  We will also change out the brass door hardware and most of the light fixtures. We are thoroughly enjoying living in this house just the way it is and will slowly start tackling that list. One room at a time… 


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mountains and Valleys

A year ago, our life looked very different than it does today.  We were living in a home we loved in a mountain community we loved, but my husband's commute of just over an hour each way to the valley was taking a toll on not just him - but on myself and the boys.  We needed more time with daddy home…time that he wasn't exhausted and trying to catch up on sleep. After a weekend away together, we decided it was time to make some changes.  Up went the for sale sign and the beginning of our new journey.

our home in the mountains

Thursday, December 17, 2015

We Bought a House!

Merry Christmas!

Instead of unpacking Christmas decorations this year, I'll be packing boxes…moving boxes! 

We are moving this month!!

There aren't any Christmas decorations decking the halls around here so I thought I'd share a few photos from last year. 

I can't wait to share pictures of our new space with you. We are so thrilled to be moving to our own home. The home is lovely and the views are breathtaking. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rainy Days

Hail, Rain, Floods, and Tons of MUD!

The past few days have been crazy in southern California.

My old hometown, Tehachapi, made the news because of mudslides trapping a couple hundred motorists in their cars. People were unable to steer or control their cars because they were floating on a freeway turned into a muddy river. I can only imagine how frightening that must have been. 

Our new hometown had about 3.5" of rain in an hour that created lots of havoc.  I couldn't believe the amount of water coming through our property.  We have a small drainage ditch running through the front pasture that wasn't even visible at one point. The WHOLE front pasture turned into a river carrying water and trees and mud and random yard items with it as it rushed along. 

In the midst of the chaos (road closures, mudslides, homes flooded, etc), I have witnessed such wonderful people working hard to serve their community.  Neighbors with their tractors working diligently to clear the debris off of the roads, helping one another with errands and trips to town, providing updates and information on road closures and conditions.

We aren't in control of the weather, but we are in control of our response. 

I'm so proud and thankful for how my community responded. 

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